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Summary

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal. Although its primary goal is to assess students’ reasoning abilities, CogAT can also provide predicted achievement scores when administered with The Iowa Tests.

While CogAT is well-suited to help educators make important student placement decisions, such as selecting students for Gifted and Talented programs, exclusive features such as the Ability Profile Score can be used to expand the educational opportunities of all students.

Tests

Reasoning abilities have substantial correlations with learning and problem solving, both in and out of school. CogAT’s measurement of three different content domains ensures that educators receive a balanced view of the child.

Each level of CogAT offers three test batteries:

CogAT can be administered in whole or in part, however, the most complete view of a student will be provided through administration of all three batteries.

For the Primary Edition (Levels K-2), two different subtests measure each reasoning ability. The Multilevel Edition (Levels A-H) uses three different subtests to measure each ability.  Use of a different item format on each subtest ensures that scores for each battery are not unduly affected by performance on a particular item type.

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Levels

The table below lists the recommended test levels for low-, average-, and high-ability classes. Some individuals in any group — such as those students expected to score above the 90th percentile — may be candidates for individualized testing with a level different from the level used for the majority of students. Consult the CogAT, Form 6, Interpretive Guide for School Administrators for additional information.
CogAT is constructed with overlapping sets of items throughout the series. The overlap of items from level to level provides the user with a continuous, ascending scale of difficulty, which is the foundation of CogAT's superior score scale from Kindergarten through grade 12.

Recommended Test Levels for CogAT, Form 6, Low-, Average-, and High-Ability Classes
Grade Low Average High
K K K 1
1 K/1 1 2
2 1/2 2 A
3 2/A A/B B
4 A/B B/C C
5 B/C C/D D
6 C/D D/E E
7 D/E E/F F
8 E/F F F
9 F F G
10 F G G
11 G G H
12 G H H

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Administration

CogAT can be administered in whole or in part, however, the most complete view of a student will be provided through administration of all three batteries.
Table 1: Testing Schedule for CogAT Form 6, Level K
Session Test Minutes (est.) Estimated Total Time (minutes) Number of Items
Session 1: Distributing materials and working practice questions 10 34 20
Test 1: Oral Vocabulary 22    
Collecting materials 2    
Session 2: Distributing materials 3 29 20
Test 2: Verbal Reasoning 24    
Collecting materials 2    
Session 3: Distributing materials 3 26 20
Test 3: Relational Concepts 21    
Collecting materials 2    
Session 4: Distributing materials 3 26 20
Test 4: Quantitative Concepts 21    
Collecting materials 2    
Session 5: Distributing materials 3 27 20
Test 5: Figure Classification 22    
Collecting materials 2    
Session 6: Distributing materials 3 27 20
Test 6: Matrices 22  
Collecting materials 2  

Table 2: Testing Schedule for CogAT Form 6, Levels 1 and 2
Session Test Minutes (est.) Level 1 Minutes (est.) Level 2 Number of Items Level 1 Number of Items Level 2
Session 1: Verbal Battery (Total) 49 43 44 248
Distributing materials and working practice questions
5 5
Test 1: Oral Vocabulary 20 18 22 24
Test 2: Verbal Reasoning 22 18 22 24
Collecting materials 2 2    
Session 2: Quantitative Battery (Total)
44 40 44 48
Distributing materials 3 3    
Test 3: Relational Concepts
20 18 22 24
Test 4: Quantitative Concepts
19 17 22 24
Collecting materials 2 2    
Session 3: Nonverbal Battery (Total)
45 41 44 48
Distributing materials
3 3    
Test 5: Figure Classification
20 18 22 22
Test 6: Matrices
20 18 22 22
Collecting materials 2 2    

Table 3: Testing Schedule for CogAT Form 6, Levels A-H
Session Test Minutes (est.) Estimated Total Time (minutes) Number of Items
Session 1: Verbal Battery   51 65
Distributing materials and preparing answer sheets   10  
Test 1: Verbal Classification
10 13 20
Test 2: Sentence Completion
10 13 20
Test 3: Verbal Analogies
10 13 25
Collecting materials   2  
Session 2: Quantitative Battery   48 60
Distributing materials
  5  
Test 4: Quantitative Relations
  12  
Test 5: Number Series
  12  
Test 6: Equation Building   16  
Collecting materials   2  
Session 3: Nonverbal Battery   46 65
Distributing materials   5  
Test 7: Figure Classification 10 13 25
Test 8: Figure Analogies 10 13 25
Test 9: Figure Analysis 10 13 15
Collecting materials   2  

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Technical Qualities

CogAT, Form 6, was developed under the same rigorous standards as The Iowa Tests. Detailed technical information on CogAT can be found in the Research Handbook that is available for purchase. Click here for ordering and pricing information.

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Resources

Riverside Publishing wants to ensure that your testing program will be smooth and efficient. A variety of resources are available to help you manage your testing program, and communicate effectively with families.

An online, interactive glossary of testing terms can help you understand your test results.

The free online manual, A Short Guide for Teachers, offers additional information on how to work with CogAT results.

Click here for Report to Parents: Free resource for schools that hand score.

Pre-Test Resources

Practice Tests are available to help familiarize students with the overall structure and format of CogAT. Click here for pricing and ordering information.

Interpretation

The Interpretive Guide for Teachers and Counselors focuses on the use of test results to help improve student achievement. It contains samples of individual and group score reports, along with suggestions for reporting results to parents.

The Interpretive Guide for School Administrators discusses the interpretation of score reports and provides suggestions for using test results in curriculum planning and reporting to school officials and the community.

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